Melbourne win by 12 points
In the end the Demons got the four points but coach Bob Skilton was far from happy. "I'm just thankful for the four premiership points when we played as disgracefully as that" he said. "We did stupid things which helped lift Fitzroy".
At half time it looked as if the Demons were going to do it easily, but the Lions re-emerged after the long break a different side. They started kicking long and direct and booted seven in the third term. Just as it looked as if they were going to grab the game in the last quarter, though, their hesitant short game returned at Melbourne managed to hold on to an unconvincing victory.
Best were Hardeman, Wells and Fitzsimmons. Johnston was replaced by Grambeau in the last quarter. Wingate was an unused reserve.
Melbourne 16.18.114 d. Fitzroy 14.12.96
Goals - Tippett 4, Chamberlain 3, Mills 2, Walters 2, Baker 1, Lyons 1, Guy 1, Kelly 1, Carroll 1
Best - Osborne, Guy, Goss
Fitzroy 16.16 defeated Melbourne 13.17